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Barbara A. Zemlock

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Ms. Zemlock, partner in the firm, represents businesses and individuals at both the federal and state level, at all stages and in all types of government investigations. Ms. Zemlock has represented individuals and companies indicted for, charged with, or accused of computer crimes; environmental crimes; tax-related crimes; fraud; drug offenses; sex offenses; homicide; assault; theft; money laundering; racekteering and various other types of crimes. Ms. Zemlock has defended individuals and businesses prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, the State Attorney General’s Office and District Attorney’s Offices throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Zemlock represents individuals in grand jury proceedings and represents individuals whose professional licenses may be subject to discipline.  Ms. Zemlock also handles cases post conviction, including those on appeal.

Ms. Zemlock is a former Chief Deputy Public Defender of the Dauphin County Public Defenders Office, where she represented individuals charged with a multitude of crimes. Ms. Zemlock has also tried cases involving complex scientific principles and expert testimony, including DNA. Ms. Zemlock’s trial experience includes capital cases. Ms. Zemlock was also the Chief Deputy Public Defender in charge of appeals.

With respect to her civil practice, Ms. Zemlock has represented businesses, including contractors and other corporations, as well as individuals, in cases involving the Federal False Claims Act, civil rights disputes, contractor debarment laws, other complex commercial contracts and administrative laws. Ms. Zemlock has also litigated constitutional claims, including claims that government conduct infringed upon individuals’ First Amendment rights, Fourth Amendment rights and rights to Due Process of Law.

Ms. Zemlock is a former adjunct professor at the Widener School of Law, where she tought Trial Methods. Additionally, she is a past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Zemlock is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee. She was selected for inclusion in the 2006 edition of Philadelphia Magazine “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Stars.”


  • Board Member for the Minor Judiciary Education Board
  • Hearing Committee Member serving The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Advisory Committee on Indigent Defense to the Pennsylvania General Assembly Joint State Government Commission, Member.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • State & Federal Appeals
  • Professional Licensure
  • Complex Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    J.D. – 1990
    Honors: Order of the Barristers
    Honors: Member, Appellate Moot Court Board
    Honors: Member, National Trial Moot Court Team
  • Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
    B.S. magna cum laude – 1987
    Honors: 1986 and 1987 Academic All American

Published Works

  • Judicial Immunity Resurfaces in the Third Circuit


  • Co-Presenter, “Impact of Criminal Convictions on Professional Licenses,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 29th Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 2012
  • Panelist, “Influence, Power and Strategic Communication in Negotiations, The Courtroom, The Office and Beyond,” PBA Commission on Women in the Profession 2011 Mid-Year, Meeting, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2011
  • Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” State Law Presentation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2010
  • Co-Presenter (co-presented with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “Be Prepared for Government Investigations,” AAHSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
  • Presenter, “For the Experienced,” and “Advanced Jury Trial Advocacy Skills: Overcoming the Prosecution Forensic Expert,” Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Gettysburg, PA, 2010
  • Presenter, “Criminal Law Update,” State Law Presentation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2009
  • Presenter, “What to Do When the Investigator Knocks,” Health Care Compliance Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2009
  • Co-Presenter (with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “New DPW Appeals Rules Impact All Licensed MR Agencies – What You Need to Know Before Filing an Appeal,” PAR Solutions Conference, Harrisburg, PA, October 29, 2008
  • Panelist, “Grappling with GRAPP: Using the Administrative Practice and Procedure Rules to Your Advantage,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg, PA, 2008
  • Co-Presenter (with Paula G. Sanders, Esq.), “MARs, Tars, and BARs: Lessons of Failure, Strategies for Success,” Health Care Compliance Association, New Orleans, LA, 2008
  • Presenter, “Pardon Me? I’m Not a Criminal! (Strategies for Easing Criminal Convictions),” PACDL Criminal Defense Resource Center Law Colloquia, Harrisburg, PA, 2007
  • Presenter, “Defending and Prosecuting Construction Claims: From *Qui Tam’ Actions to Recovery of Affirmative Claims on Federal Projects,” 21st Construction Superconference, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • Presenter, “Recent Trends Involving the Law of Arrest, Search and Seizure in Pennsylvania,” Lorman Seminar, Harrisburg, PA, 2006
  • Presenter, “Making Effective Objections,” 23rd Annual Criminal Law Symposium, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Harrisburg, PA, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Stars,” 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past President)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • William J. Lipsitt Inn of Court

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